How Much Do You Drink: If you have been for a treatment with me, you will know that I will ask you during the consultation how much water you drink daily. I will often also test this with a simple kineseology test. The majority of people answer honestly that they do not drink enough. Most people say apologetically that they drink plenty of tea/coffee/herbal tea/juice/squash but not water. So that’s okay, isn’t it? Most people say they don’t like drinking water, it’s bland, it’s boring.
Let me give you some benefits of drinking water which may not be what you expect. Also, to help you, at the end is a calculator to work out how much you as an individual should be drinking.
Water at a Cellular Level: Our bodies contain something like 70 to 100 trillion cells. By the time you have read this short blog, 50 million of your cells will have died and will have been replaced by new cells. This is amazing isn’t it? Some of these cells come to the end of their life naturally and some are lost through wear and tear and the remainder self-destruct. Every single cell in our body is carefully controlled so that we have just the right amount of each type of cell. Cells in the stomach are replaced every 2-9 days. Cells in the skin 10-30 days.
Common sense tells us that if we have healthy cells then we have a healthy body. So how do we ensure we have healthy cells? Basically a healthy cell is one where the nutrients can get in easily and the toxins eliminate easily. How do we make sure that happens? Adequate hydration – benefits of drinking water.
Think about all the food and drink we put into our bodies. The cells in your body are working hard to eliminate the waste. If we are constantly dehydrated then the cells can’t elimiate the toxins and the waste, and they can’t take in new nutrients. Everything becomes sluggish. Every detoxification process in the body including breathing, urinating, sweating, defecating require water. If our body stagnates through lack of fluid then the toxins become stored in places in our body – away from major organs.
Our bodies are something like 70 percent water. Babies are about 80 to 90 percent water and elderly people are only 50 to 60 percent water.
Water and Back Pain: Clients presenting with back pain may be able to help themselves just by drinking more water. Yes you read that correctly.
Water plays a massive role in the health of your back and spine. Your back ache could be because of a lack of hydration. How? Between your vertebrae lie disks, the outer part is tough and designed to take25% of our weight, while the inner substance is primarily water and takes 75% of our weight. All day long as we sit and stand gravity pushes us down, water is squeezed out of those disks. When we go to bed the disks slowly rehydrate. This system works fine so long as we do our part – supplying adequate water levels. What happens when we don’t? There isn’t enough fluid to fully rehydrate the inner disk, meaning that the whole disk becomes compromised. The inner disk fails and the outer ring has to take more weight. You then feel pain, there can be swelling. If we ignore this and carry on more damage occurs, hernated disks and ruptures. One of the benefits of drinking water is preventing needless back pain.
This shows that the simplest and most effective way to reduce your back pain is simply to increase your daily intake of water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty, by the time you are thirsty you are already dehydrated.
Symptoms of Dehydration:
- Dark coloured urine
- Confusion and irritability
- Poor concentration – brain fog
- Dry mouth
- Tiredness and lethargy
Water Consumption Calculator:
I have provided a link which takes you to an external site called h4initiative.com. You will need your height in cms and your weight in kgs (so if you still think in imperial measurements like me then you might want to go to Google to convert your weight and height first and make a note of it before clicking on the calculator). According to this I should be drinking 1.9 litres a day so I need to up my intake too. CLICK HERE FOR CALCULATOR.
If you would like to read more, please take a look at this excellent blog by Health Ambition.
I hope this article gives a bit of insight into why I am always asking about your water intake!
Thanks for reading.